We've moved from our previous headquarters at Barrington Tower, Scotia Square to a former power plant on Lower Water Street. The building has been transformed from a generating facility to a modern office building.
The building, known as 1H, is the winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Engineering and first building in Atlantic
Canada to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council
(CaGBC). The building includes a number of environmentally friendly
features such as the ability to collect rain water for use, a white roof
to will keep the building cool, atriums that provide natural light,
a system that uses harbour water for heating and cooling, washrooms that
make efficient use of water and an energy efficient facade.
The LEED Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council,
provides comprehensive guidelines for environmentally sustainable
construction. The LEED standard provides a clear benchmark for what
makes a building "green" as many LEED buildings use significantly less
resources than comparable buildings constructed to meet local building
codes only. While construction costs can be marginally higher than those
for conventional buildings, these initial costs are mitigated by the
savings in operating costs following construction.
projects earn points toward LEED certification by meeting or exceeding
technical requirements that range from the installation of energy
efficiency measures to how close the building is located to public
transit routes. Points add up to a final score of one of four possible
levels of certification: LEED Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
number of recent construction projects in Nova Scotia have either been
LEED Certified or have been built to LEED standards. They include the
NSCC Dartmouth Waterfront Campus and adjacent Centre for the Built
Environment, Juno Tower at CFB Stadacona in Halifax and the Biology
Building at Acadia University in Wolfville. The Province of Nova Scotia
has also made it mandatory for new government buildings to be built to
meet at least the LEED sliver standard.
To learn more about LEED buildings in Canada, visit the Canada Green Building Council’s website.